We’re officially at the last weekend of 2018!  Which means now is the time to make a game
plan for sticking to those new years resolutions you’ve made.  A few weeks ago we covered how
to make a new year’s resolution
that will actually work; now it’s
time to explore how to take action.

When it comes to the science of behavior change, there is a
ton of information out there – in fact
there is a whole organization devoted to
researching this topic.  Humans don’t
like change; that’s a fact.  We might want to change, but we resist it.  However, as anyone who has successfully
implemented a positive lifestyle change knows, change might be difficult…but it
IS possible. 

There are certain recurring themes
that seem to come up when it comes to implementing a behavior change:

1.    Starting small: It’s perfectly
understandable to have big aspirations, but pace yourself.  A big goal that is a complete 180 from what
you’re doing now (think: going from not exercising at all to hitting the gym 6
days a week) is unattainable overnight.  If
you’re unable to fully meet your goal right away – maybe you only make it to
the gym 3 days that week – you’re likely to experience perceived failure, lose
motivation, and give up.  Instead, set smaller, attainable goals and build
on them each week.  Relish the small

one thing at a time
: This might sound counterintuitive, but you
should really only focus on one goal at a time.  The reasoning is the same as the reasoning for
starting small: you want to avoid overwhelming yourself.  By focusing on one small behavior change at a
time, you’re not only implementing change in a sustainable manner, but you’re building confidence in your ability to follow
After you successfully make
one change a habit, you’ll be more confident in your ability to change overall,
and more likely to succeed on your next endeavor.

for support
: You might be able to do it alone, but why
would you want to?  It’s much easier to
stick to an already difficult change in behavior knowing that your circle of
friends and family is rooting for you and doing what they can to help you.  Why swim alone against the tide if you don’t
have to? 

Above all, remember that you are capable of change,
and that all of us at Healing Hands Miami are rooting for you, and are here to
support your health
and wellness goals
for the New Year!

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